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Turn your farm shop into a service center

Slideshow: This farm shop features unique equipment that lets the Seibs do more of their own repair work.

Mark Seib and his brother Wayne didn’t stop planning once their farm shop was built. They put equally as much effort into deciding how to equip it so they could efficiently employ their skills to make repairs. The result is a farm shop that resembles both a service center and a hardware store.

Mark and his wife, Sheryl; Mark’s brother Wayne and his wife, Linda; and Wayne and Linda’s sons, Carl and Matthew, operate Seib Farms LLC near Poseyville, Ind. They do many of their own mechanical repairs.

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“We wanted to utilize our individual skills, so we equipped the shop with specialized tools,” Mark says. “We’ve improved some of our shop tools, like the welding tables, using our own ideas.

“Today, we have a shop that lets us do lots of things. That helps minimize downtime in the field and lowers repair bills.”

Here are key tools inside the Seib shop:

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Hydraulic repairs. If a hose breaks, they head to the hydraulic repair center in their own shop. Hoses of common sizes are on spools below the bench, with couplers and fittings in a cabinet above it. There are specialized tools to help them make repairs quickly and test their work.

Electrical repairs. Farming isn’t just about nuts and bolts these days. The Seibs keep a well-stocked display board of electrical wire, and have cabinets with connections, fuses and other parts.

Oil center. Fifty-five-gallon drums of the oils they use most often sit on mobile carts in the shop area. This makes oil changes and routine maintenance much easier.

Welding area. They use a table with replaceable slats that they built themselves. The shop is also equipped with an oxygen-acetylene torch outfit.

Buried lines. How much time do you spend trying to locate underground utility lines around the farmstead or along field edges? It’s becoming a bigger issue in areas where suburbia encroaches, but it’s important in rural areas, too. The Seibs invested in a professional-grade locator device so they can zero in on where lines exist. However, if they’re ready to dig, they still call to have utilities locate and mark lines.

Check out the slideshow to see more shop features.

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